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Oct 29, 2022 Mike and Marty
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Happy Halloween from the Cave!!! In the "spirit" of the season, we look at two very fun films from the 80s that focus on witches, curses and the overwhelming influence of evil. We start off with 1983's  The Devonsville Terror  from director  Ulli Lommel . A new teacher shows up in a small town where the locals are NOT open to oustiders. The teacher learns about the checkered past of the town, and how they killed women who were accused of practicing witchcraft. Is she the...
Topics: witch, halloween, superstition, donald pleasance
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Oct 15, 2022 Mike and Marty
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Who's that watching you from across the street? Is someone listening in to your private conversation? Did someone put something in your drink? Why is everyone out to get you? These are all questions that swirl in the minds of the conspiratorial and also in the cave this time as we look at two EXCELLENT conspiracy-related films. We start off with 1974's  The Parallax View , directed by the legendary  Alan J. Pakula  and starring the also-legendary  Warren Beatty . This is such a great piece...
Topics: conspiracy, pakula, hyams, warren beatty
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Sep 21, 2022 Mike and Marty
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In a world that seems to be clearly working AGAINST women, there is something cathartic about watching films where females turn the tables on the people keeping them down and teach them a little something about right and wrong. We watch two VERY wild examples of this type of storyline this time in the cave. We start off with 1987's  Angel of Vengeance  co-directed by two legends of low-budget filmmaking,  Ted V. Mikels  and  Ray Dennis Steckler . It's a very rough tale of a woman beset by...
Topics: ted mikels, ray dennis steckler, revenge, exploitation
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Aug 28, 2022 Mike and Marty
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We are focusing on the respected director  John Dahl  on this episode of the podcast. A front-runner in the  Neo-Noir  movement, he has produced a number of films that drip with style and he loves a twisty plot full of backstabs and deceit. We start off by talking about  The Last Seduction  from 1994. Starring actor-turned-director  Peter Berg  and  Linda Fiorentino , it's a pitch-black tale of a woman on the run who will use anything she can to control the people around her and to...
Topics: john dahl, nicolas cage, dennis hopper, noir
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Jul 24, 2022 Mike and Marty
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America has a gun problem. So much media is out there where guns are featured almost as the lead characters, and sometimes there's nothing more fun than getting lost in this alternate reality and letting the cathartic violence wash away your cares of the day. It seems lately though that the reality of gun violence is harder and harder to ignore. We picked two movies for the podcast that focus on gun violence and the people who are behind those guns. These are both powerful and expertly-crafted...
Topics: heston, karloff, guns, sniper, football
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Jun 26, 2022 Mike and Marty
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Vincent Price  is a horror icon for good reason...he's been in so many classics and has one of the most recognizable voices ever. We looked at two of his films that are a little lighter for the podcast this time. Starting with 1983's " The House of the Long Shadows " that has a truly stellar cast of horror luminaries including  Christopher Lee ,  Peter Cushing  and  John Carridine . The lead is played by  Desi Arnaz Jr , who's clearly doing his best but can't hold a candle (...
Topics: Vincent Price, Christopher Lee, Kenny Everett
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Jun 5, 2022 Mike and Marty
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When we sat down to record episode 207, we just wanted to talk about  Fred Ward  and how much we love him in everything! Several days after recording, the world learned that he had passed away, and we were left with an episode where we talk at length about him, not knowing what was to come. So, please think of this episode as a memoriam for a great actor who was great in every film he was in, with a wonderful smile and a tendency to outshine anyone he was acting beside. What a legend, and...
Topics: fred ward, alec baldwin, time travel
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May 15, 2022 Mike and Marty
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We head to Australia for a couple of VERY fun stuntman-focused films that both star the magnetic and truly daring  Grant Page  and both are directed by show-favorite  Brian Trenchard-Smith . We start off with 1976's  Death Cheaters  which co-stars  John Hargreaves  as Page's partner who are recruited to help the government deal with a group of bad guys by using their stunt-focused skills. It is a blast and has some incredible stunt segments but is also really well written and paced. We...
Topics: grant page, brian trenchard smith, stuntman
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Apr 10, 2022 Mike and Marty
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We have another interesting pairing of films that have a lot in common. They both focus on film editors who get caught up in some crazy moments and violence and murder ensues!  We start off with  Evil Ed  from 1995, a Swedish production that really goes for it! This movie is incredibly ambitious, especially when considering it's small budget, but the filmmakers really succeed! The film follows a mild-mannered editor, named Ed, who is tasked with editing a series of slasher films. The act of...
Topics: editor, evil ed, gore, astron 6, giallo
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Mar 6, 2022 Mike and Marty
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Once again, we've found two VERY similar films to talk about. This time we look at two black & white vampire movies set in New York City, with VERY big ideas, awesome cinematography and great music. We start off with 1995's  The Addiction  from director  Abel Ferrara . It stars  Lili Taylor  as a graduate student who is attacked by a vampire and begins to turn. It presents vampirism as a parable for a number of things and goes into some very heady places at times. We follow that with...
Topics: dracula, vampire, abel ferrara, david lynch, nadja
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Feb 13, 2022 Mike and Marty
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It seems like we just can't get enough of the films from director  Cirio Santiago ! We look at two from him that are VERY similar...maybe a little TOO similar when you get right down to it! We start off with " Wheels of Fire " from 1985 which stars  Gary Watkins  as a  Mad-Max -A-Like named Trace who is driving around a post apocalyptic wasteland trying to save his sister from an evil cabal known as "The Ownership". It has lots of explosions and action but a very murky...
Topics: cirio santiago, mad max, wasteland, robert patrick
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Jan 27, 2022 Mike and Marty
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For episode 202 we are joined by friend-of-the-show  Eli  who was the brains behind the movies we feature. We start off with 2018's " Tejano " from director  David Blue Garcia . It takes some familiar crime story tropes and combines them with small town border drama to create a unique look at a world that was entirely alien to the cave dwellers. Beautifully shot and packed with action, we all really liked it. We follow that up with a real masterpiece, 2020's " The Stylist...
Topics: Tejano, Stylist, VHS, NY Ninja
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Jan 16, 2022 Mike and Marty
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We're back! It's the start of a new era as we get into the 200's in the cave. Kicking things off are two movies starring the iconic  Dolph Lundgren . We start off with " Red Scorpion " from 1988. Directed by show-favorite  Joe Zito , it's the tale of a soldier who learns that he has been sent on an immoral mission and who has to find his humanity. It's full of violence but also has moments of real emotion. With a strong supporting cast, it's a winner! We then look at " Showdown...
Topics: dolph lundgren, brandon lee, tokyo, red scorpion
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Dec 24, 2021 Mike and Marty
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We finally hit our 200th episode! Wow! To commemorate the milestone, we decided to look back at the movies we've featured since episode 100 and rank them. We start with our favorites and end with the ones that we thought were scraping the dark corners of the cave. It's a fun talk with lots of memories and love. Please email us your suggestions for future shows at  flickersfrom@yahoo.com  or  flickersfrom@gmail.com . You can also reach us on  Facebook ,  Instagram  and  Twitter .
Topics: Countdown, Top Ten, Best Of, 200
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Dec 12, 2021 Mike and Marty
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We're staying close to home for this episode as we look at two films produced here in North Carolina. We start off with the completely entertaining  "Death Screams"  from 1982. Low budget, but packed with fun, it's a tale of a mysterious killer stalking a small town and leaving a trail of bodies in his tracks. We follow that with 1984's  "The Mutilator" . Featuring top-notch gore effects from  Mark Shostrom , it's a wild ride, with some sketchy acting and the world's...
Topics: North Carolina, Buddy Cooper, Slasher, Mark Shostrom
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Nov 21, 2021 Mike and Marty
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We turn our attention this time to two films from  Mr. Duke Mitchell . After a VERY interesting career of acting and singing he decided he wanted to try directing so, in 1974, he released " Massacre Mafia Style ". He plays Mimi, who comes to Hollywood with the intent to force his way into the local Mafia. It is violent and full of all sorts of distasteful shenanigans, but VERY entertaining and earnest. Mitchell's only other directing effort was lost for many years but was finally...
Topics: duke mitchell, mimi, mafia, like father like son
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Oct 31, 2021 Mike and Marty
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In this, the scariest of seasons, we decided to soften the spookiness with two horror films that lean into the funnier side of the holiday. We start off with 1999's " Ernest, Scared Stupid " from director  John Cherry  and starring the late great  Jim Varney  in the role that made him a star. It's a sweet-tempered movie aimed at a younger crowd, but at least two of us found it completely charming. We follow that up with 1999's " Idle Hands " from  Rodman Flender  and...
Topics: halloween, ernest p worrell, seth green, jessica alba
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Oct 12, 2021 Mike and Marty
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Rutger Hauer  was one of our favorites, from  Nighthawks , to  Blade Runner , to  Wedlock , to  Flesh+Blood , to  Hobo with a Shotgun  and countless other films, he left a huge mark on world cinema. We decided to look at two of his films on the show, starting off with 1986's  Wanted Dead or Alive , from one of our favorite directors  Gary Sherman . It's an action packed tale of a terrorist, played by  Gene Simmons , being pursued by a former intelligence agent, played by Hauer, who...
Topics: rutger hauer, gary sherman, wanted dead or alive
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Sep 25, 2021 Mike and Marty
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We are back with more oddball movies from the dustiest shelf in the video store! This time we start with 1980's " Defiance ", from director  John Flynn . It has a star-studded cast lead by  Jan-Michael Vincent . He plays a sailor who finds himself staying in an apartment in a neighborhood that is being terrorized by a gang called the "Souls". It's the story of how he comes to think of this neighborhood as his own and decides to stand up against the gang. It is 100% solid...
Topics: exploitation, canada, jan michael vincent, john flynn
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Aug 29, 2021 Mike and Marty
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As we attempt to get back into a more regular schedule, we turn to something that is almost always reliable...the movies that seem at least slightly inspired by the epic Mad Max. We start off with 1988's  Future Hunters , which mixes Biblical mythology, Nazis, Amazon warriors, kung fu and everything else you can imagine. All these crazy elements should not work together, but somehow director  Cirio Santiago  pulls it off to great success! We then move on to 1991's  Neon City , starring the...
Topics: Cirio Santiago, Michael Ironside, mad max
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Aug 14, 2021 Mike and Marty
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After a VERY long and unplanned break, we are finally returning with episode 193. We had technical issues the first time we tried to record this one, but we succeeded the second time! Our focus for the second attempt was the actor  Wings Hauser , who always seems to rise to the top in any film he's in. We start off with 1983's  Deadly Force , from director  Paul Aaron , where Wings plays Stoney Cooper, a former Los Angeles cop who is pulled back into town to search for a serial killer. It...
Topics: Wings Hauser, Vampire Bats, Sybil Danning
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Jun 26, 2021 Mike and Marty
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In honor of Pride month, we looked at two films that we felt were interesting celebrations of different aspects of the LGBTQ+ world. We don't think these movies are going to necessarily change anyone or make the world a better place, but they are both excellent, thoughtful, and most-of-all FUN! We start off with 1982's  Liquid Sky , from director  Slava Tsukerman  and featuring an amazing dual-lead performance from  Anne Carlisle . It is an arty science fiction tale that reminded us all...
Topics: LGBTQ+, drag queen, liquid sky, pride
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Jun 13, 2021 Mike and Marty
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We love  Fred Williamson  so we went back to his filmography for this episode. We look at the first 2 of the " Black Cobra " films. The first from 1987 is a boilerplate actioner with a typically cool performance from Williamson. The sequel " Black Cobra 2 " from 1989 ups the ante by adding TV's  Spiderman   Nicholas Hammond  as a sidekick when Williamson's character is sent to the Phillipines where he finds romance, intrigue and danger! These are both appealing and will...
Topics: Fred Williamson, The Hammer, Spiderman, Cobra
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May 23, 2021 Mike and Marty
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We bring out the Hellman's on this episode of the podcast as we look at two from  Monte Hellman . We start off with the controversial 1974 movie " Cockfighter " and follow it up with the metaphorical masterpiece " Two Lane Blacktop " from 1971. Both films feature  Warren Oates ,  Laurie Bird  and  Harry Dean Stanton , all turning in strong performances. Cockfighter follows a deliberately mute Oates as he competes in a series of cockfights across the south, in pursuit of...
Topics: monte hellman, harry dean stanton, warren oates
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May 2, 2021 Mike and Marty
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We decided to return to the work of Canadian director  William Fruet  this time for the podcast. We start off with " The House By the Lake " from 1976 ( also known as "Death Weekend" ). Starring one of our favorites,  Don Stroud , and with a great performance from  Brenda Vaccaro , it is a very well-told tale of home invasion which does NOT disappoint. We follow that up with " Baker County U.S.A. " ( also known as "Trapped" ) from 1982.  Henry Silva...
Topics: William Fruet, Henry Silva, Don Stroud
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Apr 18, 2021 Mike and Marty
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We turn our attention to director Jackie Kong in the cave this week by looking at two films from her career. We start off with her third film, 1987's "Blood Diner" which was originally planned as a follow-up to H.G. Lewis' "Blood Feast". It tells the story of two brothers who have the brain of their uncle in a jar and who are being directed, by the brain, to perform a variety of rituals to resurrect an ancient goddess. The cave was divided on this one, but we were more...
Topics: jackie kong, bill osco, potatoes, fuad ramses
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Mar 28, 2021 Mike and Marty
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We return to one of our favorite subjects, the "Regional Filmmaker", focusing on Mr.  William Grefe , He produced most of his films in Florida and we had covered another of his films "Mako, the Jaws of Death" back on  episode 90  of the podcast. We start off with 1977's " Whiskey Mountain " which stars one of our favorite actors,  Christopher George . It follows 4 people on a bit of a treasure hunt through lush woodlands, who run afoul of some people...
Topics: William Grefe, William Shatner, Christopher George
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Mar 7, 2021 Mike and Marty
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We look at two films that feature the martial arts legend Joe Lewis this time on the podcast. We were not familiar with him but he popped up on our radar and seemed perfect for the show. We start off with his debut starring role in 1979's " Jaguar Lives " which also features a sizeable cast of legendary actors. It's a fun combination of martial arts and James Bond, with globe-trotting, intrigue and an inscrutable plot. We follow that up with 1981's " Force Five " from...
Topics: Joe Lewis, Robert Clouse, Bong Soo Hon
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Feb 21, 2021 Mike and Marty
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We recorded this episode on Valentine's Day , with love and romance filling our hearts and minds as we looked at two disparate films where sex and demons are connected. We start off with the light hearted goofiness of 1987's " My Demon Lover " where a woman in New York City is struggling to find the right man until she meets a weirdo who's possessed with a demon that presents itself any time he becomes sexually aroused. It's dumb, but fun, and completely forgettable. We follow that up...
Topics: it follows, std, scott valentine, demon, curse
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Feb 6, 2021 Mike and Marty
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We turn our attention back to one of our favorite genres, the big dumb action-movie!  We talk about two obscure flicks from the 80s that have had a bit of a renaissance lately. We start off with 1982's "Kill Squad" where a team of martial artists team up to find out who attacked their leader. It's fantastic low-budget fun. We follow that up with "Action USA" from 1989 which recently got a blu-ray release from Vinegar Syndrome. It's surprisingly coherent and has a great cast...
Topics: ross hagen, action usa, kill squad, rod shaft
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Jan 24, 2021 Mike and Marty
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Welcome to 2021! We kick off the new year with a look at a dark side of human behavior...road rage! First up is 2004's " Highwaymen ", from the director of the 80's classic " The Hitcher " Robert Harmon . Starring Jim Caviezel and Rhona Mitra , it's a big, noisy action movie, that tells a story of revenge between two men who have fast, dangerous cars. There is smashing, crashing, flipping and exploding action throughout and it's a fun bit of escapist entertainment. We follow...
Topics: unhinged, russell crowe, the hitcher, road rage
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Dec 26, 2020 Mike and Marty
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We wrap up this shitty year with two VERY entertaining action films that both feature the always-fun Robert Davi and also have plots that remind us VERY much of our favorite Christmas movie...a little flick called " Die Hard ". We start off with " The Taking of Beverly Hills " from 1991, directed by Sidney J. Furie and starring Ken Wahl and Matt Frewer , with several good people in supporting roles. The plot revolves around a group of disgruntled cops who fake a chemical...
Topics: robert davi, die hard, ken wahl, shannon tweed
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Dec 16, 2020 Mike and Marty
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We had REALLY high hopes for our two movies this time on the podcast, but to say that they both weren't winners would be a HUGE understatement. Both films are directed by Dimitri Logothetis and feature enormous dudes beating the crap out of each other. We start off with 2018's " Kickboxer: Retaliation " which continues the story that started with Jean-Claude Van Damme 's hit film from 1989. VanDamme even reprises his role and serves as a mentor to the film's lead, played by Alain...
Topics: MMA, Kickboxer, Mike Tyson, Van Damme
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Nov 29, 2020 Mike and Marty
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This time, in the cave, we take a look at two films from VERY manly men. We start off with 1972's " The Getaway " from iconic director  Sam Peckinpah . It stars another icon,  Steve McQueen  as an ex-con who gets back into a life of crime, only to have everything go wrong and he's left trying to get away from everyone who's out to get him. The movie was written by show-favorite  Walter Hill , who also wrote AND directed our second film, 1978's " The Driver ". It stars ...
Topics: Peckinpah, Walter Hill, Steve McQueen, Bruce Dern
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Nov 14, 2020 Mike and Marty
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On October 31st, we were deeply saddened to hear of the passing of the legendary actor  Sean Connery . He was someone that was held in high esteem by all of us in the cave. We decided to do a special show in his honor so we did a bit of search for some less popular starring vehicles to look at for the podcast. We start off with 1966's " A Fine Madness ", from director  Irvin Kershner , which intends to be a comedy but unfortunately fell VERY flat for us. It DOES have a great...
Topics: sean connery, james bond, sydney lumet
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Nov 1, 2020 Mike and Marty
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It's another sausage party on the podcast as we look at two  Disney  movies from our childhoods that meant a lot to us. Featuring  psychic power ,  gangs of children ,  flying saucers  and more than a few screen legends, these two films left very large marks in our young, malleable brains! We start off with 1975's " Escape to Witch Mountain " where the villains are played by  Donald Pleasance  and  Ray Milland ! We follow that up with 1978's " Return from Witch Mountain...
Topics: disney, witch mountain, christopher lee
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Oct 18, 2020 Mike and Marty
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We continue our Halloween tradition of looking at films that hit our personal phobias...this time, it's the idea of " eye trauma ". We start off with 1975's appropriately titled " Eyeball " from Italian director  Umberto Lenzi . A fairly boilerplate  giallo  with a gloved killer and tons of misdirects, but it is fun and moves along quickly. It also features a number of off-camera eye gouging incidents that makes it a fairly decent choice for this theme. We follow that up...
Topics: eye trauma, anguish, zelda, eyeball, giallo
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Sep 29, 2020 Mike and Marty
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We've all missed  Gene Hackman  since he stopped acting with 2004's  Welcome to Mooseport . On this episode of the podcast we look at two of his films from the early 70's and then proceed to dissect them bit by bit. Starting off, we look at 1971's  The Hunting Party  with a brutal game of cat and mouse between the impossibly rich Hackman and the scoundrel  Oliver Reed  who has inadvertently kidnapped Hackman's wife, played by  Candice Bergen . The relationships and situations in the...
Topics: gene hackman, lee marvin, sissy spacek, candice bergen
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Sep 7, 2020 Mike and Marty
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The cave is filled, once again, with the furious sounds of martial arts as we are joined by Eli to look at two movies from the 1990s that star Mr.  Tae bo  himself,  Billy Blanks ! We start off with 1993's " TC 2000 " where Blanks plays part of a "Tracker-Communicator" team in a  dystopian future where the elite live underground in secure facilities, while the surface of the earth is populated with roving groups of ne'er-do-wells who are constantly trying to break in. It...
Topics: bolo yeung, billy blanks, kickboxing, dystopian
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Aug 26, 2020 Mike and Marty
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We go deep on this episode of the podcast and get soaked in the process. We start off with 1998's " Deep Rising " from director  Stephen Sommers , which stars  Treat Williams  and several other notable big-name Hollywood stars in a tale of a heist gone horribly wrong. It takes place on an ocean liner that meets up with a horrific beastie from the depths with teeth in places you don't expect. It is a big, noisy, dumb movie that is also a total blast to watch. We follow that up with...
Topics: sea monster, stephen sommmers, william eubanks, kristen stewart
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Aug 11, 2020 Mike and Marty
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We fight our way back into the 90's action-movie world for this episode of the podcast. Starting off, we look at " Universal Soldier " from 1992. Directed by the typically lousy  Roland Emmerich , it stars two genre favorites,  Jean-Claude Van Damme  and  Dolph Lundgren . It tells the story of a group of resurrected soldiers, equipped with high-tech equipment who fix problems that seem to have no possible solution until one of them goes rogue and must be taken out. It's a decent...
Topics: soldier, universal soldier, kurt russell, dolph lundgren, van damme
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Jul 19, 2020 Mike and Marty
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Fred "The Hammer" Williamson  starred in some great films throughout his still-continuing career. We look at a great one, and a...not so great one. We start with a film from 1983 that  goes by a handful of names, but we watched it as " The New Gladiators ". Directed by show-favorite  Lucio Fulci , it is a clunky, goofy, slow-moving slog that is representative of Fulci's worst films. We survived it just to get to our second film, the excellent " Hell Up in Harlem...
Topics: Fred Williamson, Lucio Fulci, The Hammer, Jared Martin
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Jul 4, 2020 Mike and Marty
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We were longing for simpler times, when all you needed to be happy were video games, psychic powers and a few  garter belts . We start off with 1983's  Joysticks  from maestro  Greydon Clark . It is enjoyable if you think of it as a parody of the  teen-sex-comedy  genre, but extremely rough-going if you watch it as a regular movie. We follow that up with the "star"-packed 1982 movie  Zapped , with  Willie Aames  and  Scott Baio  caught up in basically a  Disney movie...
Topics: joysticks, arcade, zapped, scott baio, teen
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Jun 22, 2020 Mike and Marty
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We finally got the whole gang back together again for a long, drunken, food-filled episode, with a truly apocalyptic amount of rambling. We look at two movies that explore the life of notorious bank robber John Dillinger. First up is 1973's  Dillinger , from maverick writer/director  John Milius , with  Warren Oates  playing the titular character. It is a rough and rowdy tale of criminals and the big strong lawmen who are chasing them down. It's violent, and full of that signature  Milius...
Topics: milius, sayles, teague, dillinger, lady in red
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Jun 7, 2020 Mike and Marty
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We have gotten the gang back together...sort of...for this episode of the podcast. In what can only be described as "The best we can do at the moment" we present a hodge-podge of recordings and a metric ton of rambling as we look at two classic motorcycle movies of the 70s. Thanks to a great recommendation from Craig, we were turned on to the 1974 Australian classic " Stone " which none of us had heard of before. It completely deserves it's legendary status and kicked ass in...
Topics: Stone, Psychomania, Bikers, Bikey, Harbutt
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May 16, 2020 Mike and Marty
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We're back with another two-seater Covid19 special from the cave, looking at two films with similar storylines but VERY different tones. We start off with 1985's  Tenement  from director  Roberta Findlay . It is a super low budget, exploitation movie that takes place mostly in and around a tenement building in the South Bronx. There are some very rough moments in the movie, and they pack a punch, even with some of the less than perfect acting and very basic special effects. It is a grimy,...
Topics: roberta findlay, tenement, exploitation, ray parker jr
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Apr 18, 2020 Mike and Marty
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During this global downtime, we wanted to harken back to a simpler period, when all we needed was a little kicking and punching to make us feel better. One of the biggest female martial artists back in the day was Cynthia Rothrock, and we look at two of her films for this show. Mike is struggling with scheduling during the pandemic, so we brought Eli back for a repeat engagement to help us come to grips with the movies. We start off with 1993's  Undefeatable , from legendary director  Godfrey...
Topics: Cynthia Rothrock, Bolo Yeung, martial arts, tiger claw, godfrey ho
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Mar 22, 2020 Mike and Marty
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With all the craziness in the world, we have another two-headed episode for you...this time with Julie and Marty looking at some movies that are ALMOST  Robocop . We watch the excellent " The Vindicator " from 1986 ( released BEFORE Robocop ) and " The Demolitionist " from 1995. We both agree that The Vindicator is excellent, from director  Jean-Claude Lord , with a great suit-design from  Stan Winston  Studios. It does a lot with a small budget and is filled with great...
Topics: robocop, stan winston, frankenstein, kurtzman
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Mar 14, 2020 Mike and Marty
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Truckers  were HUGE when Mike and Marty were growing up. They were featured on TV shows, on songs on the radio and were big business on the movie screen. We've been dying to cover this topic and finally got around to it on this show. Unfortunately, Julie was tied up and could join us, but she'll be back soon. We start off with 1978's  High Ballin'  which stars  Jerry Reed  and  Peter Fonda  as two long-time friends facing off against a band of hijackers who are attacking truckers and...
Topics: truckers, jonathan kaplan, jerry reed, movie
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Feb 29, 2020 Mike and Marty
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Surely no one can argue that some movies are better than others...does it not logically follow that there must be one movie somewhere that is objectively the worst one ever made? Tastes being what they are, it's really not possible to make that overall judgement, but we dare anyone to challenge the statement that we cover two of the very worst ones on this episode of the podcast. Joined in the cave by friend-of-the-show  Eli  ( click on his name to see some of his truly awesome work ), we...
Topics: Neil Breen, John De Hart, Geteven, Road to Revenge
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Feb 15, 2020 Mike and Marty
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It is time to go back to the 80's AGAIN for more of that good, crunchy, slashery goodness. We start off with 1981's  Happy Birthday to Me , with a stellar cast, a big-deal director and SFX from a legendary artist. We follow that with 1982's  The House on Sorority Row , from director  Mark Rosman . Packed with nubile co-eds, and a series of mysteries killings, it was a real surprise. Listen in to the podcast to find out what we thought of each and to hear what we've all been up to.  Let us...
Topics: slasher, 80s, horror, sorority
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Jan 31, 2020 Mike and Marty
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High school honor student by day...and Hollywood hooker by night! This phrase is the central conceit of three films from the 1980s. Starting off with the very successful " Angel " from 1984, writer director  Robert Vincent O'Neil  created a rose-colored view of the life of a VERY young girl in Hollywood, California who had to turn to street-walking to pay the bills after her mother abandons her. We meet a wonderful cast of misfits who share the nighttime streets with her and also a...
Topics: angel, robert vincent oneil, exploitation
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Jan 11, 2020 Mike and Marty
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It  was Julie's turn to pick this time and she set her sites squarely on director  Charles Band ! We watched two great movies from him, starting off with 1984's  Trancers , starring  Tim Thomerson  and  Helen Hunt . Borrowing heavily from a variety of sources, this is an ambitious and largely successful story that combines time travel, mind control, humor and even a little romance. This is good, entertaining stuff. We follow that up with 1990's  Crash and Burn , which wants you to...
Topics: charles band, trancers, full moon, empire
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Dec 14, 2019 Mike and Marty
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We head far far away to the land of middle earth for this episode, with two movies chosen by Mike. We start off with 1981's  Strange Behavior , from director  Michael Laughlin . Filmed in Auckland NZ, it is set in Illinois, with a mostly American cast. It tells the story of a university that is doing experiments on people to enhance their mental abilities, but which actually makes them exhibit the titular strange behavior. Some of that behavior even stretches into MURDER...the strangest...
Topics: new zealand, horror, cult, film, podcast
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Nov 30, 2019 Mike and Marty
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We entered into this show without the guidance of Julie...and we felt her absence...but we persevered and made it through the fire of two VERY problematic and interesting films. We start off with 1970's " The Mind of Mr. Soames " with a great lead performance from  Terrence Stamp  and directed with flair by  Alan Cooke . Based on a novel of the same name, it tells the story of a 30 year old man who's been in a coma since birth who is awoken after a surgery is performed. We then...
Topics: Stamp, Bassloff, Toys Are Not For Children, Mr Soames
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Nov 16, 2019 Mike and Marty
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Julie picked some interesting and obscure films for the podcast this time. We start off with 1988's  Destroyer  with the late, football superstar  Lyle Alzado  playing a terrible criminal who is executed for his long list of crimes, but who may not actually be dead. The cast has some other familiar faces from the 80s in it, even  Norman Bates  himself,  Anthony Perkins , who is clearly having a great time hamming it up. We follow that up with 1990's  Invasion Force , from low budget...
Topics: Lynch, Alzado, Perkins, David A. Prior
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Oct 30, 2019 Mike and Marty
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We return to our Halloween theme of "what scares you", this time focusing on Mike's fear of his home being invaded. We look at two movies that are similar on the surface, but very different once you dig into them. First up is 2008's "The Strangers", directed by Bryan Bertino and starring Liv Tyler and Scott Speedman. They play a couple that has VERY bad things happen "because they were home". We follow that up with one of our very favorite movies, 2011's...
Topics: home invasion, wingard, masks, horror
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Oct 19, 2019 Mike and Marty
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We're back after an extended break while Julie is moving to her new digs. This time we look at two movies starring the late, great  Richard Hatch . These are maybe not the two best movies to examine though if you want to prove that he truly was "great". We start off with 1983's  Prisoners of the Lost Universe , which is staggeringly inept on many levels but still fun in a  RiffTrax  kind of way. We follow that up with 1985's  Heated Vengeance , which was directed by  Edward D....
Topics: richard hatch, pollard, saxon, edward d. murphy
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Sep 21, 2019 Mike and Marty
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rom out of the blue, came TWO movies that star  Vic Tayback  AND  Gloria Grahame , so we had to feature them on the podcast this time. We start off with 1976's  Mansion of the Doomed , which stars  Richard Basehart  as a CRAZY eye surgeon who's lovely young daughter has gone blind following a car accident. He makes it his mission to restore her sight, no matter how high the karmic debt is. It is dark and twisted and exceedingly grim...we loved it! We follow that up with 1971's  Blood and...
Topics: vic tayback, basehart, eye surgeon, lace, hammer
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Sep 8, 2019 Mike and Marty
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Two cinematic EPICS! are showing in the cave this time, as selected by our stalwart member, Julie.  We start off with 1989's  Chopper Chicks in Zombietown , which has a cast filled with familiar faces. There was some disagreement in the cave about just how good this one was, but there was NO disagreement about film number two, 1991's  Stone Cold , starting the Boz himself,  Brian Bosworth . Directed by former stunt coordinator  Craig R. Baxley , this one is 100% 80's action at it's...
Topics: troma, chopper chicks, boz, bosworth, lance henriksen
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Aug 24, 2019 Mike and Marty
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Last episode we spontaneously decided to come up with a bunch of top 5 lists, so we did, and on this episode we whip-em out and compare'em...Tune in to find out what we each put on our own lists and hear how bummed we were to have to leave certain awesome movies off our lists and how some of us completely forgot the entire catalogs of some of our favorite filmmakers due to utter dumbness. Please send us your lists, and l et us know your thoughts by writing  to  flickersfrom@yahoo.com  or ...
Topics: Top 5, Thunderdome, Peewee
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Aug 17, 2019 Mike and Marty
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It seems fitting that the show where we focus on two of the most famous disaster epics from the 70s, would be the show where we experience disasters in the production. Our entire first section, where we spoke in depth about 1974's  Earthquake , was TOTALLY lost due to a recording issue, so we recorded a doubled-up section where we tried to cover that film as well as 1974's  The Towering Inferno ...that recording only lasted about 30 minutes before it ALSO screwed up when the machine we were...
Topics: Disaster, earthquake, towering inferno, irwin allen
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Jul 18, 2019 Mike and Marty
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We chose two movies from Mr.  Sean S. Cunnigham  for this episode, starting with 1982's  A Stranger is Watching , from best selling author  Mary Higgins Clark . Starring the late  Rip Torn  as a truly despicable monster who rapes and murders a woman in front of her young daughter at the very beginning of the film...this one is ROUGH! Though effectively tense, it felt slightly overlong, but it's impressive on many levels, most notably is Rip Torn's performance. Worth your time, but be...
Topics: spader, rip torn, mary higgins clark, lori laughlin
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Jul 5, 2019 Mike and Marty
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The movies this time were picked by Julie and both feature stories where reality becomes unreliable. We start off with 1981's  Looker  from writer-director  Michael Crichton  and starring the fantastic  Albert Finney .  It is a great sci-fi story that looks at a world where advertisers strive to present perfect images to help them sell products, and they use computers and doctored images to fool the populace...what a weird and highly unlikely situation THAT is.  We follow that up with...
Topics: brainscan, looker, crichton, john connor
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Jun 8, 2019 Mike and Marty
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We LOVE the original  Cannonball Run  movie from  Hal Needham , so when we found these two movies that came out in 1976  ( 5 years BEFORE Cannonball Run ) that tell similar, fictionalized tales of the  true story  that inspired that later film...we had to cover them on the podcast! We start of with  Cannonball  from show-favorite  Paul Bartel , with a great cast of regulars from the  Roger Corman  camp that focuses on  David Carradine  as Cannonball Buckman, who's trying to get...
Topics: cannonball, gumball, racing, corman, fiery crash
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May 11, 2019 Mike and Marty
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We return to one of our favorites this time as we look at two films from director James Glickenhaus. We start off with the Jackie Chan vehicle The Protector from 1985. It co-stars Danny Aiello and casts Jackie as super-cop Billy Wong, a New York city cop with connections in Hong Kong. It is a crazy international story that has Chan and Aiello punching and shooting in a variety of exotic locales as they try to stop a sinister crime lord and rescue a socialite he had kidnapped. It has moments of...
Topics: jackie chan, sam elliott, glickenhaus, 6 shot cannon
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Apr 27, 2019 Mike and Marty
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Julie ( with an assist from Eli ) suggested two great movies this time, where the characters take to the roadways in pursuit of love and happiness. Along the way they face darkly weird challenges and tests...do they succeed? We'll never tell, but we WILL tell you that you should track down both of these excellent flicks and put them into your eye holes. We start off with 1991's  Highway to Hell , from director  Ate de Jong , which stars  Chad Lowe  and  Kristy Swanson , with tons of...
Topics: jon cryer, hellcop, warhol, lee ving
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Apr 14, 2019 Mike and Marty
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We head north this time for two really great Canadian slashers. We start off with  Bob Clark's  legendary  Black Christmas  from 1974 which is considered by many to be one of the  proto-slashers  that established many of the things we would come to expect from the genre. It has a great cast, and a tightly told story and is packed with genuinely creepy and dark moments. It truly deserves it's classic status.  We follow that up with the notorious  My Bloody Valentine  from 1981. We had...
Topics: bloody valentine, black christmas, canada, slasher
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Mar 30, 2019 Mike and Marty
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Thanks to Eli for pointing us in the direction of a series of films that had somehow flow under our collective radars...we are focusing on the " Thunder Warrior " series, starring Trash himself, mister  Mark Gregory !  Borrowing liberally from movies like  Billy Jack ,  First Blood ,  Cool Hand Luke , and lots of others, the "plots" focus on lead-character "Thunder" who is a descendant from a great warrior chief who is trying to right various wrongs for his...
Topics: thunder, mark gregory, trash, bo svenson
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Mar 16, 2019 Mike and Marty
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Wack to Japan for this episode! We look at two movies from the father of Godzilla, Mr.  Ishiro Honda , starting off with 1963's  Atragon  which tells a complicated story of toxic masculinity and intrigue. Featuring a miraculous flying sub that is sent to defend the earth from a lost undersea kingdom that has it's eyes set on conquering the world! It is delightfully cheesy and full of signature  Tsuburaya  effects. We follow that up with 1969's  Latitude Zero , which raises the bar in...
Topics: atragon, tsuburaya, godzilla, kaiju, toho, mu
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Feb 23, 2019 Mike and Marty
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We got really lucky once again as we feature two extremely enjoyable movies in the cave this time. We start off with the thoroughly delightful 1984 movie " Night of the Comet " which is a charming spin on the post-apocalyptic genre, with two teeenage sisters in southern California finding themselves two of few survivors after a mysterious comet passes close to earth and starts all sorts of trouble. This is a lightweight, fluffy little movie with some surprising twists and turns and a...
Topics: comet, creeps, thrill me, fred dekker
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Feb 13, 2019 Mike and Marty
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Settle in for some seriously good stuff this time in the cave...we are going to rock out with some visionary, risky, brave and thoroughly entertaining films. We start off with 1974's T he Phantom of the Paradise  from legendary filmmaker  Brian DePalma , which takes several sources and mixes them together with the music ( and solid acting ) of  Paul Williams , to create a truly incredible combination.  It is partly the story of  Faust  with some  Dorian Gray  and a whole lot of the P...
Topics: Phantom, DePalma, John Cameron Mitchell, Hedwig
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Feb 2, 2019 Mike and Marty
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It was the best of caves, it was the worst of caves...this is truly the tale of two movies. We start off with a hollow thud by focusing on 1987's  Deadly Illusion , a film written and partly-directed by show-favorite  Larry Cohen . It stars  Lando Calrissian ...I mean  Billy Dee Williams , as Detective  Hamburger  ( please no jokes about the name ) and  Vanity  as his stalwart girl-friday. We also get Morgan Fairchild in a sort of dual role ( sort of ) and a brief glimpse of  Joe...
Topics: Stargrove, Gene Simmons, Lando, Vanity
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Jan 19, 2019 Mike and Marty
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We decided to come racing into the new year, kicking and punching and shooting. Welcome to the wild and dangerous world of the legendary  ninja ! We start off with 1985's  Nine Deaths of the Ninja , which stars  Sho Kosugi  as a member of an anti-terrorist force who hates watermelons but loves kittens.  His team is sent up against an evil group that includes  Colonel Honeyhump  and the  father  of the lead-singer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers...it's as weird, and wonderful as you are...
Topics: ninja, busters, honeyhump, clean thighs
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Dec 21, 2018 Mike and Marty
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Ho Ho No!!! It's that time of year again, so we have strung tinsel and lights all over the cave. Listen in as we raise a glass of nog and crunch roasted chestnuts as we discuss two twisted tales about that little old elf known as  Santa Claus .  We start off with 1984's " Don't Open Till Christmas ", from the team that brought us the movie  Pieces , this yule log barely floats, but does feature a surprisingly high kill-count and a decidedly family-unfriendly amount of nudity. The...
Topics: santa, murder, exploitation, john waters
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Dec 10, 2018 Mike and Marty
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We focus on noted genre filmmaker,  Curtis Harrington  on the podcast this time. We start off with his first feature, 1961's  Night Tide , starring a very young  Dennis Hopper  as a young sailor that falls in love with a mysterious woman who seems to leave a trail of bodies in her wake. We follow that up with 1973's  The Killing Kind  which features a bravura performance by  John Savage  as Terry, the son of legendary actress  Ann Southern . Terry is finally out of prison for a...
Topics: harrington, hopper, ann southern, john savage
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Nov 10, 2018 Mike and Marty
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With Julie gone this time, on assignment for "Action News from the Cave", we went for some older, weirder, more obscure selections for the podcast this time. Both films are focused on cults, but there's not a single blue oyster anywhere to be found. We start off with 1972's  Enter the Devil , from director  Frank Q. Dobbs . It is set in south-western US border town where strange lights and the sound of chanting are disturbing the locals. So they call in an expert who's studying...
Topics: cult, devil, christ, interzod, zodiac, astrologer
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Oct 21, 2018 Mike and Marty
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We are going to do a Halloween-themed series of shows, focused on each host's personal fears. The first focuses on Julie's  fear of clowns ! The rest of us totally understand her fear and we found two very disparate films that feature clowns. We start off with 1989's  Clownhouse  from convicted child molester  Victor Salva ...The conversation breezes through the film itself and then settles in to a conversation about Salva and the stories about groups of pedophiles who are in charge of ...
Topics: clowns, fear, kindertrauma
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Oct 13, 2018 Mike and Marty
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Thank you Julie for this awesome pairing of 90s action movies! We start off with 1992's  Rapid Fire , starring the late  Brandon Lee  in a totally fun tale of crooked good guys, and sneaky bad guys and lots and lots of breaking glass. It completely satisfies the craving for mindless action. We follow up with the surprisingly-good  The Perfect Weapon  from 1991 which stars  Jeff Speakman  as a total badass who settles a metric ton of hash as he punches, whacks and kicks members of the...
Topics: Speakman, Lee, action, martial arts
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Sep 25, 2018 Mike and Marty
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Our goal this time was to bid farewell to a legend. The world recently lost the ground-breaking  Burt Reynolds  and we could not let that moment pass without honoring him. We decided to celebrate Burt by focusing on two films where he was both the director AND the lead. We start off with 1985's  Stick , which is based on a novel by another legend, Mr.  Elmore Leonard . It's a tale of an ex-con, trying to get back on his feet after being released from prison. He gets wrapped up with some...
Topics: burt reynolds, sharky, stick, bandit
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Sep 2, 2018 Mike and Marty
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We delve into dark corners of the cave this time as we look at two films from the 70s that focus on conspiracy theories. We start off with a TV movie from 1970 called " The Brotherhood of the Bell " which stars  Glenn Ford  and many other big names. It borrows from the legends of the  Skull and Bones  group at Yale that has given us multiple US presidents. The movie had enormous potential but we disagree about how successful it is with capitalizing on it. We follow that up with...
Topics: conspiracy, jfk, skull and bones, bohemian grove
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Aug 18, 2018 Mike and Marty
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We ALL love  Jamie Lee Curtis , and it was in the 1980s when she cemented her status as the ultimate " scream queen ". We look at two films released in 1980 where she is the lead and where young adults and "teens" are carved, and sliced, and diced...We start off with  Prom Night  which is a familiar tale of a prank-gone-wrong and the eventual, bloody, revenge for that prank. A largely-great supporting cast, including  Leslie Nielsen  in a tiny role, help tell the tale....
Topics: jamie lee curtis, terror train, prom night, slick
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Aug 5, 2018 Mike and Marty and Julie
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We happily ran back into the arms of legendary Arkansas film-maker,  Charles B. Pierce  this time on the podcast, choosing two of the films that he directed. We start of with " The Evictors " from 1979. With a great cast featuring  Jessica Harper ,  Michael Parks  and  Vic Morrow , it is an effective tale of mysterious goings-on at a house in the 1940s. We follow it up with probably his second-most famous film " The Town That Dreaded Sundown " from 1976. With the...
Topics: charles b. pierce, phantom, evictors, texarkana
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Jul 20, 2018 Mike and Marty
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Back in the 80s, Grace Jones was turning up everywhere. A striking and interesting person, she put out records, modeled and tried her hand at acting in a variety of films. We decided to look at two somewhat-random ones this time for the podcast. We start off with 1986's Vamp , which stars Chris Makepeace in a fairly standard tale of college students who get in over their heads at a strip club staffed with vampires ( yes, it does sound a LOT like From Dusk Till Dawn ). We follow that up with the...
Topics: grace jones, vamp, siesta, mary lambert
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Jul 7, 2018 Mike and Marty
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We can NOT stay out of the sewers, maybe it's because we spend so much time in the dark and stanky confines of the cave. This time we're hunting rats...or are THEY hunting US!?!?!?!  We start off with 1982's  Deadly Eyes  from Mr.  Gymkata ,  Robert Clouse . This is a solid thriller about a city being overrun by large rats ( that are actually dachshunds in costumes ) and it still packs lots of fun. We follow that up with 1983's  Of Unknown Origin , starring  Peter Weller  and directed...
Topics: rats, peter weller, robert clouse
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Jun 24, 2018 Mike and Marty
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With Julie "away on assignment", we decided to head back to Italy to look at a couple of films from a genre that is decidely unfriendly to women, the notorious " giallo ".  We start with " What Have You Done To Solange " from 1972 which totally blew us both away. This was a really strong and well-told tale with tons of intrigue and mystery and some very unsavory moments. We use the word " masterpiece " several times in our discussion and stand firmly by...
Topics: giallo, solange, torso, martino
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Jun 2, 2018 Mike Marty and Julie
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We kick and punch and resurrect the dead this time in the cave. We start off with a staggeringly inept film from 1988 called  Robo Vampire  which really has to be  seen  to be believed. If you are a fan of really bad cinema, this one deserves to be seen. We follow that up with a truly entertaining film from 1982 called  Raw Force . It is packed with nudity and wacky comedy which serves to soften a tale of cannibal monks and an undead army of martial artists on a forbidden island. Listen in...
Topics: robo, vampire, raw force, godfrey ho
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May 18, 2018 Mike and Marty
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It's like a bag of  flamin' hot cheetos  in the cave this time...things are soooo EXTREME!!!  We start off with an amazing little movie from 1993 called " Extreme Justice " starring  Lou Diamond Phillips  and  Scott Glenn  ( and lots of others ) in a story of a secret team inside the  LAPD  with a mission to stop certain repeat offenders...permanently!  We follow that up with a movie from 1987 from legendary director  Walter Hill  called " Extreme Prejudice "....
Topics: walter hill, SIS, extreme, cheetos, podcast
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May 7, 2018 Mike and Marty
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There are all sorts of  martial arts , but we picked two particularly interesting ones that were featured in films from 1985. We start of with the legendarily sketchy  Gymkata , starring olympic gymnast  Kurt Thomas  who is recruited by the US government to take part in a dangerous game in central Europe, to win favor with the  Khan . It is not good, but still, tons of fun to watch. We follow that up with the audaciously titled " Remo Williams - The Adventure Begins " starring...
Topics: remo williams, destroyer, gymkata, fred ward
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Apr 20, 2018 Mike and Marty
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We are getting all up in some manholes this time for the podcast.  Down in the darkness, under the city streets, there are things moving around in a very spooky way in both of the movies we talk about. We start with 1980's  Scared to Death , from  Bill Malone . It features a big humanoid monster known as the  Syngenor  that is killing people left and right. Only one former alcoholic, former cop has the skill to solve the mystery. It is very ambitious, and largely successful, especially...
Topics: syngenor, alligator, teague, sayles
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Apr 7, 2018 Mike and Marty
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We have two very disparate yet similar films this time in the cave. We start off with 1986's  Hands of Steel , from Italian maestro  Sergio Martino . It tells the story of  Paco Queruak , a cyborg who begins to break from governmental control and rediscover his humanity. It is a quintessential 80's sci-fi movie and ultimately completely satisfying. We follow that up with a real mind-bender, the jaw-dropping  Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning  from 2012. Directed by  John Hyams , it...
Topics: unisol, paco, sergio martino, jcvd
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Mar 24, 2018 Mike and Marty
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There is no point in trying to deny it...we LOVE  John Saxon ! We look at two of his films this time, and, thanks to podcast-listener George, one of the films is his sole directorial effort! We start off with the legendary 1980 movie,  Cannibal Apocalypse , which stars Saxon and  Giovanni Radice  in a tale of flesh-eating vietnam vets, running from the police in Atlanta, Georgia. We had heard about this one for years but it largely left us unimpressed. We follow this up with 1988's  Zombie...
Topics: zombie, cannibal, john saxon
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Mar 17, 2018 Mike and Marty
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Julie took over the film-selection this week, so we ended up watching two from Mr.  Steven Seagal . We start off with his first,  Above the Law  from 1988, which is directed by the reliable  Andrew Davis . It tells a very boilerplate story, but it tells it VERY successfully and really established Seagal as a new type of action star. We follow that up with his only directorial effort, 1994's  On Deadly Ground . In this story, Seagal plays a native American who works for an evil oil tycoon,...
Topics: steven seagal, innuit, nico, billy bob
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Feb 24, 2018 Mike and Marty
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We decided to watch two films that feature the multi-faceted actor  John Heard , starting off with 1981's  Cutter's Way  and following up with 1977's  Between the Lines . None of us really "enjoyed" either movie, and we struggled in some cases to even make it through them. We bit both bullets though and pushed through for our podcasting art and we present our summation here. Even though the movies weren't fun, the conversations that they inspired are excellent and we DO recommend...
Topics: John Heard, Jeff Bridges, Jeff Goldblum
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Feb 10, 2018 Mike and Marty
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We're not sure it's fair to call these movies "rip-offs" but...they are kinda rip-offs, but really, really entertaining ones! Both of the movies this time feature  James Franciscus  in the lead role, and deadly animals underneath the water!  We start off with 1979's " Killer Fish ", which also stars  Lee Majors ,  Karen Black  and a lagoon full of hungry piranha! We follow that up with a 1981 "tribute" to Jaws that went by a million titles but we watched a...
Topics: shark, piranha, james franciscus
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Jan 27, 2018 Mike and Marty
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Netflix ! It brings us so many things, so often, that it can be overwhelming at times. For this show we decided to look at two films that are newly on Netflix that seemed like a good fit for the cave. Both are from 2017, but from opposite sides of the "pond". We start with " Bad Day for the Cut ", an Irish production that tells a very twisty story of revenge where a quiet, unassuming farmer has to find out the reason his elderly mother is brutally murdered one night. It has...
Topics: netflix, revenge, bad day for the cut
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Jan 14, 2018 Mike and Marty
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Happy New Year and welcome back to the cave!  We have wanted to look at the  Billy Jack  series of films since before the podcast started, and it seemed like the 117th episode was a perfect place to finally do it! These are legendary low-budget movies and there is no question why...they are great! We start off with 1967's  The Born Losers  and follow that up with the masterpiece  Billy Jack  from 1971. Both films were directed by and star  Tom Laughlin  as  Mr. Jack  ( he directed...
Topics: billy jack, born losers, tom laughlin
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Dec 9, 2017 Mike and Marty
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We all fell in love with  Trina Parks  when we watched  Darktown Strutters , so we went in search of more of her films.  That lead us to  Cirio Santiago , a legendary Filipino director who was a major inspiration to Quentin Tarantino, so we chose two of his films for this episode. We start off with 1974's  T.N.T. Jackson , starring  Jeannie Bell  as the titular ( very apropos ) character who is searching for her missing brother in the dark, sinister world of Filipino crime.  It...
Topics: Cirio Santiago, Trina Parks, Jeannie Bell
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Nov 26, 2017 Mike and Marty
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We go deep this time, and everybody gets wet as we examine two EXTREMELY similar films, both from 1989. First up is  Leviathan , from show-favorite  George P. Cosmatos  and starring  Peter Weller  and some other fairly big names. It is set in a deep-sea mining and research rig that encounters a mysterious monster in a sunken Russian ship. We follow that up with  DeepStar Six  from  Sean S. Cunningham  with  Greg Evigan  in the lead.  It is also set in a deep sea mining and research...
Topics: deepstar six, leviathan, podcast
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Nov 11, 2017 Mike and Marty
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Back in the 70's the  van  became an important way for people to express themselves.  They would modify their "shaggin' wagon" with elaborate murals, shag carpeting, wide wheels and big V8 engines. We look at two less-than-stellar examples of a genre known simply as  vansploitation . First off, we look at 1977's  Supervan , which basically stars an incredible creation from the wizard  George Barris , a "solar powered" van, called  Vandora .  This is not a good film,...
Topics: van, vanning, 70s, supervan, george barris